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Safe Travels: Best Practice for Neonatal Transport Lecture Pack

Safe and effective transportation of neonates to and from the NICU, whether it's within hospital or between hospitals, is an important aspect of care for NICU babies. As research grows and technology evolves, it's important to stay up to date. This package provides a special focus on neonatal transport and the skills and procedures needed to ensure the best possible outcomes. Join us to learn more about the evolution of neonatal transport, how you can improve the quality of your transport processes, learn more about the clinical skills involved and work through case studies to help consolidate your learning.

This lecture package was originally offered as part of the GOLD Neonatal Online Conference 2021.

$75.00 USD
Total CE Hours: 5.00   Access Time: 4 Weeks  
Lectures in this bundle (5):
Duration: 60 mins
The Evolution of Transport- One Team’s Journey

Kristie is an accomplished Respiratory Therapist specializing in critical care transport medicine. Kristie started her career at the Hamilton General Hospital in 1998 consolidating her experience in critical care medicine, trauma, hyperbarics and clinical research. Kristie began to transition her focus to neonatal and paediatric care in 1999 with positions at Mount Sinai Hospital NICU and SickKids NICU. In 2003 she joined the SickKids Acute Care Transport Service (ACTS) Team, holding the position of a Certified Transport Clinician for neonatal and paediatric critical care transport. Kristie’s leadership initiatives and commitment to excellence as a Respiratory Therapy Clinician led her to transition to the role of a Transport Coordinator, remotely supporting clinical teams in the field, facilitating care decisions and supporting operational logistics of critical care transport. Kristie’s passion for interprofessional and collaborative practice on transport highlights her ability to lead and inspire the team to achieve best practice and excellence in transport medicine. This positioned Kristie to be successful as the Senior Manager of the ACTS team, commencing in 2019.

When Kristie isn't immersed in all things SickKids, she can be found cheering on her 2 boys at the hockey rink or golf course.

1. Understand key program components of a neonatal interfacility critical care transport service that supports the provision of safe and optimal patient care.

2. Summarize key healthcare performance indicators and metrics which may be applicable to similar home base transport programs.

3. Discuss how emerging technologies and therapies can be integrated into the transport environment in support of excellence in neonatal care.


This presentation will take the audience on a journey spanning over 40 years, documenting the evolution of the Acute Care Transport Service (ACTS) team from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We will take a closer look at the systems and infrastructure required for inter-facility transport of high-risk neonatal patients within a regionalized context. The session will reflect on the essential competencies of a transport service and review the scope of practice, key curricular themes and the ACTS staffing model. Through the integration of case-based discussion this session will also explore how the advancements in data and technology can impact patient safety and enhance quality of care.

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Duration: 60 mins
Bridget Liriano, RN, BScN, MN
Triage and Transport- a Case Based Discussion
Canada Bridget Liriano, RN, BScN, MN

Bridget Liriano is a registered nurse with over 15 years of experience in pediatrics and holds a Master of Nursing degree from the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. As the Quality Leader and a Transport Clinician for the Acute Care Transport Service (ACTS) Team at Sick Kids, Bridget is committed to providing expert medical care in the stabilization and safe transport of acutely ill neonates and children. She is a strong advocate for quality and safety, which is demonstrated through her involvement in clinical research, team-based projects and quality improvement initiatives. She has formerly covered the role of Interprofessional Education Specialist, working in collaboration with the leadership team to support the educational needs of her ACTS colleagues. Bridget has a passion for clinical education and simulation-based training, with a focus on interprofessional collaboration, peer mentorship, clinical debrief and neonatal resuscitation.

1. Identify how early recognition of instability and early consultation can make a difference in patient outcomes.

2. Describe evidence based practices of clinical cases moving beyond the A,B,C’s of airway management, respiratory support and cardiovascular instability.

3. Discuss how a flexible approach to patient assessment, diagnostics and history can promote effective problem solving and clinical management strategies.

Canada Bridget Liriano, RN, BScN, MN

This session will highlight important aspects of resuscitation and stabilization of the neonate with an evidence based approach to clinical practice. Through case based examples, the audience will explore how effective communication, interprofessional collaboration and reference to clinical care pathways can promote patient safety and quality of care for the most vulnerable neonatal patients. Learners will gain a better understanding of the triage process and the preparation of patients for acute care transport. The session will conclude with a review of the ‘lessons learned’ from transport case presentations and their outcomes.

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Duration: 60 mins
Improving the Quality of Neonatal Transport

Dr. Caraciolo Fernandes is an academic neonatologist whose clinical experience and training spans three different countries/continents and over three decades. He received his medical degree from Grant Medical College in India, and did Fellowships at King Edward Memorial Hospital, Australia and Baylor College of Medicine, USA before joining the faculty at the Texas Children's Hospital and Baylor in 1998. He recently acquired a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee in 2018.

A clinician-educator and practicing neonatologist, he is actively involved in teaching Baylor College of Medicine medical students, pediatric residents and neonatology fellows. At Texas Children's Hospital, he has served as the Medical Director for Neonatal Transport since 2008, and is involved in multi-disciplinary clinical research, and quality improvement initiatives. He also is a QI Coach at Baylor College of Medicine Institute for Continuing Professional Development in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.

Nationally, he is a past member of Executive Committee of the Section of Transport Medicine of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and an editor of the inaugural edition of the Field Guide for Air and Ground Transport of Neonatal and Pediatric Patients that was introduced at the AAP National conference in Orlando, FL in November 2018. He is a senior editor of "Guidelines for the Acute Care of the Neonate," currently in its 28th annual revision, a handbook that has served as a resource for health-caregivers at Baylor-affiliated institutions for over two decades, and, currently via free online download, for practitioners in over 50 countries.

1. List the Principles of Quality Improvement (QI).

2. Describe how to prioritize QI projects related to Neonatal Transport.

3. Describe how to launch their own Transport-related QI project.


Premature and sick babies are often born in locations ill-equipped to care for them. They are then transported to higher levels of care for sophisticated diagnostic tests and specialized care. However, while such transport is necessary, it is not without risk. Since critically-ill infants can deteriorate clinically during transport, ideally only specialized teams should transport sick infants. Unfortunately, this is not pragmatically possible nor is the standard of care. With regionalization of care, more infants are transferred to tertiary-care centers for specialized care than ever before and not all centers have specialized transport teams to transport infants. Despite best efforts, not all transports will go well, and often processes and outcomes may leave much to be desired. Hence, it is vital for hospital administrators and clinicians to learn quality improvement (QI) methodology, monitor relevant metrics, and implement QI initiatives to order to improve outcomes. Fortunately, developing a QI mindset and applying it to neonatal transport can easily be done with practice. Learning how to prioritize QI initiatives, assemble QI teams, lead healthcare change, sustain improvements, and develop a culture that strives to improve are all desirable and can yield significant tangible benefits for clinicians and their patients.

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Duration: 60 mins
Andrew Berry, AM MB BS FRACP
The Unique Challenges of Transporting Newborns by Air
Australia Andrew Berry, AM MB BS FRACP

Dr. Andrew Berry, AM MB BS FRACP, is a Neonatal and Paediatric Retrieval Specialist. He has vast experience in neonatal and paediatric critical care transport since 1977. This includes being the head of Neonatal Intensive Care, and Director of Newborn Transport Service, both at Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children in Sydney, Australia.He is currently State Director at NETS, the Newborn and Paediatric Emergency Transport Service of New South Wales, Australia.

Dr. Berry is a fixed wing and rotary wing pilot. In 1989 he co-founded Child Flight Inc., and dedicated helicopter service for children.

His expertise is regularly sought on how to develop and operate emergency transport services and associated advisory programs for perinatal, neonatal and paediatric acute care in Australia, Brunei, New Zealand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Canada, England, Scotland, Singapore, and the USA.

1. Describe key aspects of aviation physiology.

2. List several risks to an individual baby when being moved by air.

3. Describe how to communicate the clinical need to the pilot.

Australia Andrew Berry, AM MB BS FRACP

Air transport is commonly required for acute patient transport; including of sick newborns. Regionalization of tertiary neonatal care often means longer transport distances for patients between local referring hospitals and places of definitive care. The physiology of the newborn and some unique features of disease processes in the newborn present some challenges in safe transport by air. Fixed wing and rotary wing transport modes expose the sick newborn to different stressors according to their own unique variable cabin environments and altitude. An understanding of how newborns react to air transport and how to modify the air transport environment can both contribute to safer, more effective transport of the newborn.

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Duration: 60 mins
Nandiran Ratnavel, MBBS FRCPCH
Risk Management in Neonatal Transport
United Kingdom Nandiran Ratnavel, MBBS FRCPCH

Dr Nandiran Ratnavel has been a Consultant Neonatologist at The Royal London Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust for 16 years. He is Director of The London Neonatal Transfer Service and Joint Clinical Lead for North East and Central London Neonatal Services. He serves as joint implementation lead for In Utero Transfer Services in London and has recently taken up a position as Neonatal Clinical Lead for the London Maternity and Neonatal Safety Improvement Programme. Finally he has a role as clinical reviewer for the Independent Maternity Services Oversight Panel for the Welsh Government.

1. Recognise areas of risk associated with neonatal transport.

2. Understand the approach to mitigating risks associated with neonatal transport.

3. Describe how to promote a safety culture in your transport team.

United Kingdom Nandiran Ratnavel, MBBS FRCPCH

Retrieval medicine is associated with certain hazards. These can affect the patient or staff. Avoidable adverse events often arise as a consequence of suboptimal communication, drug error, inadequate preparation or equipment failure. Applying the principles of risk management and clinical safety is essential. To understand issues associated with neonatal transport one needs to look at the infrastructure of transfer teams, arrangements for governance, risk identification, incident reporting, feedback and learning from experience. One also needs to look at audit processes, training, communication and ways of team working. Adherence to current recommendations for equipment and vehicle design are also vital. Benchmarking between services and sharing best practice with a view to optimising safety and reducing risk is recommended.

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The AAFP has reviewed this activity and deemed it acceptable for AAFP credit. Term of approval is from 05/31/2022 to 5/31/2023. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This activity is approved for 5 AAFP Prescribed credits.

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This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by American Nurses Association Massachusetts, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation, for 5 Nurse Contact Hours. Contact hours will be valid through to 6/01/2023. Upon completion of this activity, GOLD delegates will be able to download an educational credit for this talk. Successful completion requires that you:

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